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Mobility, cloud computing, security issues to dominate Interop

By , Network World
April 23, 2012 06:03 AM ET

Network World - One of the premier technology shows of the year once again hits Las Vegas from May 6-10 and many of the themes IT leaders grapple with on a daily basis will be the hot topics at this year's forums and panel discussions. The show focuses on nine subject areas this year including: cloud computing, networking, wireless and mobility, virtualization, data center, storage, collaboration, information security and risk management, and IT management. Mobility is a dominant discussion point at this year's show though with 14 sessions on the topic.

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Organizers of the show are expecting similar numbers to last year's 13,000 attendees and 350 exhibitors at Interop this year says Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. Jessup, who is managing the show for the first time this year, says her goal is to connect attendees with some of the leading thinkers in technology today and provide a forum for IT professionals to engage with other users about ongoing issues in the tech world.

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While last year many of the keynote speakers discussed cloud computing, Jessup says this year's keynote speakers come from a more diversified background. For example, the Tuesday morning kickoff keynotes will be from Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco and Marc Randall, senior vice president and general manager of networking for Avaya. Cloud enthusiasts need not worry though, there will be plenty of cloud discussions as well including a two-day Enterprise Cloud Summit on Sunday and Monday, and a keynote panel discussion featuring some of the leading players in the cloud market on Wednesday morning. This year's keynotes will also feature customer user stories, giving attendees real world insight into how technologies, such as the cloud, are being implemented at companies of various sizes. HP customer DreamWorks, for example, is set to present on Wednesday morning.

The show will also feature a handful of new aspects this year, including an IT Channel summit, which is a set of programming specifically for OEMs, resellers and service industries on. This year's exhibitor floor will also feature the Community Hub, a new place for attendees to meet and greet with conference speakers and meet with other attendees.

There's a lot going on at Interop this year, so if you need any help deciding what to do among the dozens of speeches, conferences, panel discussions and keynotes, you've come to the right place. Network World's guide to Interop will let you know the picks of the day, and other recommended sessions to attend. See you there!

Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7

Enterprise Cloud Summit, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service are all various strategies for executing a cloud deployment. But which is right for your enterprise? As part of this two-day summit, IT leaders will learn about new strategies for implementing and managing all different types of clouds. The first day will focus on cloud platforms, specifically IaaS and PaaS, while day two will be spent discussing private clouds and Big Data, including exploring tools such as Hadoop, Cassandra and Mongo.

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